Haas F1 to Start in 2016

Haas F1 to Start in 2016

by May 28, 2014 0 comments

American Formula 1 fans will have to wait one more year to see an American F1 team on the grid.

As the deadline to begin finalizing their preparations for the 2015 Formula 1 campaign draws closer and closer, Gene Haas’ recently-approved F1 team, Haas F1, have announced that they would defer their entry into the sport until 2016 in order to further prepare for their debut. The option to start in 2016 has always been on the table for the team.

“It just seem that it’s taking longer to accomplish what we wanted to do than we though,” Haas said. “It’s already June so it’s just seven months away and the timing issues are starting to get real crazy.”

Since the approval of his F1 license by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), Haas has announced that he would base his team out of Kannapolis, North Carolina – a decision that would make Haas F1 the only F1 entry to be based outside of Europe. Haas has also announced that former Jaguar and Red Bull technical director Gunther Steiner would be the Team Principal for his operation.

While several core pieces of the Haas F1 puzzle have come together in recent weeks, the image of the team is still unclear as several key pieces of the team have not been confirmed yet. No engine and chassis supplier have been announced for the team yet although the team has been rumored to be in discussions with Ferrari and Dallara.

“We have a list of names,” Haas continued. “But the problem is a lot of times they’re already working for somebody and they can’t get out of their contracts for three to six months so there’s a lot of those contractual issues that have to be resolved before somebody can come over.”

The extra year will provide Haas with more time to lock down crew members and engineers for his team with the same applying to his two drivers as well. Haas has stated before that his driver preferences would be one driver with experience in the new V6-turbo era of Formula 1 and one American driver. There are currently no American Formula 1 drivers on the 2014 F1 grid, however, Americans Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly both compete in the GP2 series.

Kyle Pokrefky
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